More Ethical Than Thou?
The Los Angeles Times has taken a swipe at corporate sibling KTLA, Los Angeles in an article posted on its TV industry blog Channel Island, written by Scott Collins. Collins observes that on Tuesday, Tribune Co., which owns the Times and KTLA, among other media holdings, updated its ethics code, with Tribune Publishing chief Scott Smith saying in a message to employees that the purpose of the revision was to address "a series of ethical lapses ... that have undermined our credibility in the public's eyes." Collins noted that one of those lapses came to light when it was revealed that KTLA anchor Michaela Pereira had accepted a dining-room makeover worth more than $10,000 from a local retailer. (She has since agreed to return some of the furniture and pay for the rest.) Tellingly, however, Collins concludes, "That incident appeared to violate the existing ethics provisions at Tribune in nearly every conceivable way, and nothing seemed to happen."